Photo Credit: KAIST

Photo Credit: KAIST

So far, the robot has successfully flown computer simulations and a scaled-down model biplane.

A hobby-sized robot has been taught to pilot an airplane. The humanoid called PIBOT, which is just a bit more than 15 inches tall, was trained by researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) to fly a human-sized plane.

CNET reports that the robot has a built-in camera in its face and uses software for visual cues like runway detection. The rest of the bot's equipment allows it to control throttle, altitude, velocity and direction. All the information is transmitted to PIBOT through wired inputs.

"PIBOT can satisfy the various requirements specified in the flying handbook by the Federal Aviation Administration," the KAIST team said.

PIBOT has yet to fly a full-sized plane, but researchers are working toward that goal. So far, the robot has successfully flown computer simulations and a scaled-down model biplane.

See PIBOT in action in the video below.